Commencement

Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 17, 2015
1 - 3 p.m.
Founders Hall, Milton Hershey School

Commencement Speaker:
BRADFORD C. BERK, M.D., PH.D.
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Rochester
CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)

Event Information

Click here for the Weekend Schedule of Events.

Founders Hall is located on the campus of the Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA.  Below you will find information regarding the Commencement Ceremony.  

  • The auditorium at Founders Hall has large capacity seating.  No tickets or reservations are necessary.
  • Parking is available in lots C and D on the Milton Hershey School campus with shuttle service to Founders Hall.  Carpools are suggested due to the size of the event.  Click here for the parking map.
  • Maps and Directions to Founders Hall from Hershey Medical Center
  • Maps and Directions to Founders Hall
  • Wheelchair access is from Parking Lot A.  Please ensure to park there if you require assistance.
  • Maps and Directions to Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine

Student Information

  • Graduation Guide
    • A Graduation Guide has been created to assist you in preparation of graduation in May 2015.  It outlines information regarding graduation requirements, ceremony details, special events, regalia ordering process and much more.  To view the guide, click here
  • Graduation Attendance
    • Medical Students: University Policy requires each degree candidate to be present at graduation exercises to receive the diploma in person unless excused by the Dean and University Records Officer.  Requests for graduation in absentia should be made to Ms. Diane Gill, Registrar (dgill@psu.edu) by March 1, 2015.
    • Graduate Students: Students must notify the University of their intent to graduate.  Instructions regarding this process can be found here: http://www.registrar.psu.edu/graduation/intent.cfm
  •  Regalia Orders
  • Newspaper Release

    • The College of Medicine's Strategic Services Office can facilitate your graduation announcement through your local hometown newspapers.  Please use this web form to do so.
  • Graduation Pictures

    • All pictures related to graduation are available for purchase here: http://pshmc.smugmug.com/.  This includes graduate and medical student group pictures, the awards ceremony and Commencement.
    • On graduation day, the Graduate Student group picture will be taken at 11:45 a.m. and the Medical Student group picture will be taken at 12:00 p.m.  Both pictures will be taken promptly at their scheduled time and in the Founders Hall rotunda area.   
    • Check back to this website following graduation for the direct link to the pictures.
  • DVD

    • The 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be recorded by MultiMedia Solutions.  Please click here for the order form.

Faculty Information

  • In January 2015, The Vice Dean for Educational Affairs will contact faculty regarding attendance at the Commencement Ceremony.  Faculty will receive a memo which will include an RSVP and regalia rental form.  
  • Regalia Orders
    • Faculty will have the option to purchase or rent their regalia for the ceremony.  Regalia will be delivered to and distributed by the Office of Medical Education a few days prior to graduation. 
  • Parking and Instructions
    • Parking passes and instructions for the ceremony will be sent along with regalia rentals.  For those who will be using their own regalia, you will receive these items via inter-office mail.

Family and Friends

  • Class of 2015 Yearbook
    • We invite you to purchase a yearbook or be part of it!  You can submit a personalized message to your graduate with wishes of congratulations and good luck as medical school is ending and the next chapter of each of their lives is beginning. Submissions may also include a picture.
    • Click here to view the submission instructions and a sample yearbook page, or to purchase a yearbook.
  • Weekend Special Events
    • Click here for the Schedule of Weekend Events which includes dates and times.
  • DVD

    • The 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be recorded by the college's MultiMedia Solutions.  Please click here for the order form.

  • Getting Here
    • Air: The closest airport to campus is Harrisburg International Airport (MDT).  Larger airports about two hours away include Philadelphia (PHI) and Washington (BWI, Dulles, Reagan).
    • Train: The closest Amtrak station is in Middletown, PA.  Other nearby stations include Elizabethtown and Harrisburg.  All are within 13 miles of campus.
    • Car: Driving Directions
  • Lodging in Hershey
    • Blocks of rooms have been reserved at several Hershey and Hummelstown area hotels for Graduation Weekend 2015.  Room blocks and their special rates are available for the nights of Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16.  Click here for the complete list of hotels.  There is plenty of lodging in and around the Hershey area.  For more options outside of the blocked rooms, click here.
  • Dining in Hershey
    • For a complete listing of local restaurants, click here.
    • Tripadvisor.com listings can be found here.
  • Area attractions

Questions

All questions can be directed to:

Ms. Thao Danz
Constituent Planning and Events Officer
Office of Medical Education
Room C1704
tdanz@hmc.psu.edu
717-531-3877